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Honeymoon in Newport, Where Should We Eat?

Ryourido Jan 13, 2013 12:16 PM

My soon-to-be wife and I will be honeymooning in Newport, RI in March and I am looking for recommendations.

The White Horse Tavern is already on the list.

Was interested in the Spiced Pear, but after looking at yelp I'm not so sure...

And of course, I need to know where the best seafood restaurant is.


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    negirl2 Mar 1, 2013 12:22 PM

    My two top choices would be The Inn at Castle Hill and Bouchard's . At Castle HIll time your reservation so that you'll be seated well before sunset and call and request a table facing Narragansett Bay. Bouchard's is also excellent. If you want Italian Mama Luisa is good. For breakfast I like Atlantic Grill followed by a walk on Second Beach or Cliff Walk. If you waant a baked stuffed lobster I like a less formal place like the Atlantic Beach Club.They also have a lot of fish on their menu, but it's not fancy. If you want fish and chips or fried clams then Anthony's Seafood cheap and very casual is excellent. Good luck and congratulations!!

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      Frank Terranova Feb 2, 2013 08:59 AM

      Do the Inn at Castle Hill if its romantic and good food Its pricy but hey its a honeymoon plus most other places on here are good. forget Yelp I go on there when I need a laugh there are some really complete dense people who think they know food, when you see things like McDonalds or Burger King you have to say its scary.

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        Frank Terranova Jan 27, 2013 03:46 AM

        Every suggestion on here is excellent. Your problem is which one. seeing its a honeymoon then the Inn at Castle Hill is the place. Good thing you are going to Providence its not for the restaurants but for personal saftey.

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          Nl2012 Jan 28, 2013 07:28 AM

          Having lived in Providence and walked its streets at all hours for the last seven years I have never felt my personal safety threatened.

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          saltandpepper1 Jan 26, 2013 01:42 PM

          I agree with many others that you should ignore yelp. My wife and I had a great restaurant experience at Spiced Pear. Food, service and ambiance were all top notch. For seafood I think Scales and Shells is the place. We also like upstairs at The Cooke House. For lunch a cup of chowder at The Black Pearl is a good take.

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            Alica Jan 26, 2013 06:31 PM

            Is upstairs at The Clarke Cooke House open year round?

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              saltandpepper1 Jan 29, 2013 04:05 PM

              The porch is closed for the season, and probably still will be in March. The 12 meter room is open, and is almost as fun.

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                Alica Jan 30, 2013 10:32 AM

                Thank you! What is the 12 Meter Room? Boy, I must get to Newport more often!

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                  saltandpepper1 Jan 31, 2013 02:47 PM

                  Here you go...


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            CheesyWiner Jan 18, 2013 12:09 PM

            March is going to be a bit chilly here so I'll recommend some cozy places. Not sure how long you have or what you are in the mood for, so here is a big range.

            Craving Italian? Mamma Luisa for sure. Very authentic Italian and in a romantic house setting.

            Seafood? Really you can find this in a lot of the higher end restaurants although for menus skewed to seafood Mooring or Fluke. Very different settings, but both good.

            Casual, young and fun? Perro Salado for Mexican, 5th element for american

            Higher-end? Bouchard is formal, Cookehouse and Zeldas are very "newport", Talullah is farm fresh, modern. Spiced Pear i have only done once for a special occasion, tasting menu. It was superb

            Have a blast!

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              drewinmrblhd Jan 17, 2013 10:36 AM

              Perro Salado has great Mexican cuisine. Very cozy and great staff.

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                Frobisher Jan 16, 2013 10:44 AM

                Caste Hill, Bouchard, TSK are among my favorites. For seafood, try Scales and Shells.

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                  Frank Terranova Jan 15, 2013 08:50 AM

                  Spiced Pear is excellent.
                  TSK is excellent
                  Mooring is very nice
                  The upper seat restaurant at the Clark Cooke House is excellent
                  Fluke is excellent
                  Inn at Castle Hill is beautiful, excellent and romantic
                  Restaurant Bouchard romantic
                  Tallulah over priced
                  Red Parrot tourist joint

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                  1. re: Frank Terranova
                    Ryourido Jan 15, 2013 10:36 AM

                    Would you say fluke is better than Mooring? Also, as I said above, I had been very excited about Spiced Pear until I saw their yelp reviews.... Any thoughts?

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                      pinehurst Jan 15, 2013 10:42 AM

                      We dined, albeit a year ago, at the SP. It was excellent, and the service was gracious.

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                        Frank Terranova Jan 15, 2013 12:52 PM

                        The ones I listed below are not in any type of order. Its my opinion but you asked so. Forget Yelp I did go there and dropped my log in its a joke when I need a laugh I read them when someone lists Burger King and a few more goofy sites its time to get off.

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                      wormwood Jan 15, 2013 07:30 AM

                      salvation cafe - creative menu, interesting/artistic decor, outdoor patio seating in back, and tiki bar.

                      cafe zelda - had some of the best chowder of my life last time i ate there. great lunch spot.

                      i'm drawing a blank on where else we ate last time we stayed down there besides rhumb line, which was good but not especially noteworthy imo.

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                        CapeCodGuy Jan 15, 2013 08:50 AM

                        Outdoor seating is not an option in March.

                        For two special experiences we enjoyed the Chef's table at the Spiced Pear. The special feeling of having that table overlooking the kitchen and watching each delicious course being prepared was delightful. The food with wine paring was excellent and service outstanding. One of my top 10 meals ever. Castle Inn is an extremely beautiful spot and has a lovely room. Again service is excellent although one of our entrees was nothing special given the tariff. I would still recommend it, however, for a special lunch or dinner.

                        Bring the wallet to both as neither is for the feint of heart.

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                          Ryourido Jan 15, 2013 10:35 AM

                          I was excited about Spiced Pear and then read a bunch of VERY negative yelp reviews that made me nervous... They complained about both the service and the quality of food, many people saying their food was under seasoned and relatively flavourless. Thoughts?

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                            CapeCodGuy Jan 15, 2013 10:48 AM

                            I did a quick read of the Yelp reviews which are all over the board from 1 star to 5 stars and everything in between. It seems that most of the bad reviews are either dated, or people expecting haute cuisine while ordering a burger at the outdoor patio. A few received poor service, which we decidedly did not. Keep in mind we booked the chef's table, so ours may have been a unique experience. But the food was perfectly prepared, had varied quality ingredients, and was certainly not "bland'. Also check out the Open Table reviews which seem more complimentary.

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